8/14/2003









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for August 14, 2003

          The following are highlights of the August 14, 2003, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.

          -- The Board of Education congratulated the Collins Hill HS girls' track team on winning the 2003 state championship. Principal Glenn McFall introduced Coach Andrew Hudson and Assistant Coach Richard Ramsey and congratulated them on their team's success. In introducing his team, Coach Hudson described them as the best track talent in recent history.
          -- The Shiloh HS boys' soccer team earned recognition from the Board on their 2003 state championship season. Dr. Bill Kruskamp, Shiloh HS principal, expressed pride in the student athletes who accomplished so much, and in their coach, Bill Holleman. Coach Holleman, who now serves as athletic director and soccer coach at Peachtree Ridge HS, commented on the dedication, commitment, and effort of his team, saying he was proud to call them his players and friends.
          -- The School Board honored the 2003 girls' soccer state co-championship teams from Brookwood HS and Parkview HS. Brookwood HS Principal Jane Stegall introduced Coach Anita McLane and congratulated her on her second state championship team. In her comments, Coach McLane said she was very proud of the Brookwood girls and how hard they had worked on the field and in the classroom. Introducing the Parkview HS honor was Principal Dale Robbins, who commented on the team's success. Coach Mark Albertus described last year as "quite a season," saying that his girls played their hearts out. Appreciation was expressed for all of the players, the managers, and Assistant Coach Mark Leviton.
          -- Foreign Language Coordinator David Jahner introduced Meadowcreek HS' Shinjinee Pathak, a national winner of a study trip to Germany, awarded by the American Association of Teachers of German. Only 40 students in the nation are selected to go on the study trip to Germany. In order to receive the travel award, students must first achieve the 90th percentile or higher on the American Association of Teachers of German's National German Exam. More than 24,000 students nationwide took the National German Exam, among them nearly 1,000 Georgia German students. She was the only student chosen to represent Georgia. Ms. Pathak addressed the Board, sharing some of her travel experiences with the School Board members.
          -- Board members honored Keith Toda of Brookwood HS on his recognition as the Georgia Classical Association’s Latin Teacher of the Year. In his five years at Brookwood HS, Mr. Toda and the Brookwood Latin program have excelled in many ways. Principal Jane Stegall pointed out that the Brookwood HS Latin program is very strong, giving credit to her two Latin teachers, both of whom have been recognized as state teachers of the year in their field.
          -- The School Board commended Anita Solty for her outstanding service as Gwinnett PTA Council Co-President for 2001-03. In addition to her service at the Council level, Ms. Solty has been a leader in the Collins Hill Cluster for many years. Among her accomplishments as PTA Council Co-President are the chartering of the PTAs at the eight new schools, the earning of state PTA council awards in 2002 and 2003, and the flourishing of PTA programs such as the special needs college fair and the Reflections fine arts program. In addition, under her leadership, training of local unit leaders was a focus and the PTA Council Board was restructured to focus on cluster and local school needs. In her comments, Ms. Solty called her work with PTA "a labor of love" and thanked the Board of Education for the continued collaboration between the schools and PTA.
          -- School Board members applauded the efforts of Georgia PTA and Gwinnett PTA Council leaders in the chartering of the PTAs at the eight new schools. Betty Dominy of School Improvement introduced state and local PTA leaders who played key roles in the chartering process, describing them as wonderful advocates for children. These leaders include Margie Ringfield, Georgia PTA membership chair; Pam Trueb, vice president of Georgia PTA and consultant to new units; Cindy Thompson, assistant director for the 12th district PTA and PTSA and co-president of Central Gwinnett HS' PTA; Anita Solty, former co-president of Gwinnett PTA Council; Jane Studer, co-president of Gwinnett PTA Council; and Gayla Malkiel, co-president of Gwinnett PTA Council. Ms. Dominy stated that the PTAs are vital to the success of our schools and thanked these individuals for the countless hours spent in the chartering of the new PTAs. According to Ms. Dominy, the power of this partnership has benefited more than 8,000 student and families that attend the new schools. At the end of the presentation, former Council Co-President Anita Solty thanked Ms. Dominy for her support during this process and extended to her a lifetime membership in the PTA.

          School Board receive update on Georgia End-of-Course Tests (EOCT)
          The State Board of Education has authorized the implementation of the high school EOCT, beginning in December 2003, for standard-setting purposes only. Since the EOCT cover an entire school year of course work, these initial EOCT will be administered mostly in block-scheduled schools. In Gwinnett, Shiloh HS and Peachtree Ridge HS are on block schedules. EOCT will be administered at all high schools in the spring of 2004. EOCT will be required for the following courses: Algebra I, Geometry, 9th Grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, Biology, United States History, and Economics. According to Dr. Cindy Loe, associate superintendent for Organizational Advancement, the school system will work with high schools to address how to merge these tests with the current end-of-course exams given in Gwinnett. GCPS will provide input and continue to work with the Georgia Department of Education on this issue.

          School system establishes protocol for implementation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
          The GCPS Office of Health and Social Services recommended that the district allow the placement of approved Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in all Gwinnett County Public Schools as long as the placement and use is in conformance to a district-approved protocol that includes equipment, number, training, communication, funding, and medical review guidelines. In determining how many AEDs to place in a school, the system felt an appropriate criterion would be to have a response time of no more than three minutes. Based on this criterion, the recommendation calls for a minimum of one per elementary and middle school and a minimum of two per high school with consideration for multiple levels and distance to all facilities. With an average cost of $3,000 per unit, to purchase units systemwide would cost approximately $333,000. The school system is recommending that no public funds be used to purchase the AEDs, but rather that funding be secured through grants and/or donations. In addition, the Office of Health and Social Services made recommendations in regard to training, stating that approximately five staff members per school would be trained. As no funds have been budgeted for training, the estimated training costs, ranging from $14,250 to $16,624, would need to be provided through grants, donations, or local school funds.

          In terms of implementation, Health and Social Services will contact schools to determine which schools have an interest in trying to secure the matching funds for AEDs. In addition, bids will be taken from vendors offering FDA-approved AEDs to identify and select a standard AED to be used in GCPS.

          School Board members recognized for training certification
          The Georgia Department of Education issues certificates of completion to local Board of Education members who complete annual training activities as prescribed in Georgia law. All Gwinnett County Board of Education members received a GDOE certificate for completing the annual School Board Member training for 2002-03.

          In policy action...
          The following policy revisions, tabled at the July School Board meeting, were adopted:
          Policy EGD - Liability Insurance (Defense and Indemnification)-- Minor changes to this policy reflect current practice.
          Policy GAG - Staff Conflict of Interest-- Name and code of this policy were changed from Policy GBRG - Non-School Employment/Personnel Tutoring for Pay/Endorsements to Policy GAG - Staff Conflict of Interest to match GSBA suggested standards.
          Policy GAK - Personnel Records-- Minor changes to this policy reflect current practice.
          Policy GAM - Mandatory Reporting of Employee Crimes-- Information pertaining to Drug-Free Workplace was removed from this policy and added to new Policy GAMA - Drug-Free Workplace.
          Policy GAMA - Drug-Free Workplace-- New Policy GAMA contains information pertaining to a drug-free workplace currently contained in Policy GAM-Mandatory Reporting of Employee Crimes.
          Policy GBD - Fingerprinting/Criminal Record Check-- Minor changes to this policy reflect current practice.
          Policy GBN - Professional Personnel Separation-- Name of this policy was changed from Teacher Non-Renewal to Professional Personnel Separation, and information in the policy pertaining to teacher tenure were deleted to match current law.
          Policy GBR - Personnel Attire and Working Conditions-- Name of this policy was changed from Personnel Dress and Safety, and information from Policy GBRB - Personnel Time Schedule was added.
          Policy GBU - Professional Personnel Ethics-- New Policy GBU - Professional Personnel Ethics.
          Policy HA - Personnel Negotiations-- Name and code changed from Policy HAN-Staff Action to Policy HA-Personnel Negotiations to match GSBA suggested standards.
          The following policies were rescinded:
          Policy GBRB - Personnel Time Schedule-- The information from this policy has been incorporated into Policy GBR-Personnel Attire and Working Conditions.
          Policy GBRG - Non-School Employment/Personnel Tutoring for Pay/Endorsements-- The information contained in this policy has been incorporated into Policy GAG-Staff Conflict of Interest.
          Policy HAN - Personnel Negotiations-- The information contained in this policy has been incorporated into Policy HA-Personnel Negotiations.

          The following proposed new/revised policies were placed on the table for review until the September 11 Board meeting:
          Policy IDCB - Community School Program-- Staff is recommending to change the name and code of this policy from IDD-Private Instruction to IDCB -Community School Program to match GSBA suggested standards.
          Policy IDFA - Gender Equity in Sports-- Staff is recommending to change the code of this policy from JAB to IDFA to match GSBA suggested standards.
          Policy IGB - Student Support Team-- Staff is recommending to change the code of this policy from IEIA to IGB to match GSBA suggested standards. Information contained in the policy remains the same.
          Staff is recommending that the following policies be rescinded:
          Policy IA - Philosophy-- The information in Policy IB is reflective of current instructional goals.
          Policy IDD - Private Instruction-- Information is contained in Policy IDCB - Community School Program.
          Policy IEIA - Student Support Team-- Information is contained in Policy IGB - Student Support Team.
          Policy JAB - Gender Equity in Sports-- Information is contained in Policy IDFA - Gender Equity in Sports.

          Citizens and groups addressing the Board
          Gwinnett County Association of Educators
          Heather Koffman
          Doug Kalmbach


          The School Board approved the following appointments at the August 14 Board Meeting.

          Name-- Current Position
          New Position
          Christopher Corbitt-- Instrumental Music Teacher, Atlanta Public SchoolsAssistant Principal, Lilburn MS
          Susan Downs-- Gifted Teacher, Trickum MSAssistant Principal, Lanier MS
          Jean Herald-- Local School Technology Coordinator, Henry Partee ESAssistant Principal, Mountain Park ES
          Chris Waller-- Assistant Principal, Newton CountyAssistant Principal, Lilburn MS
          Melissa Campbell-- Administrative Assistant, Peachtree ESPart-time Assistant Principal and Part-time Administrative Assistant, Peachtree ES
          Elaine Morgan-- Part-time Administrative Assistant and Part-time Local School Technology Coordinator, Peachtree ESPart-time Assistant Principal and Part-time Local School Technology Coordinator, Peachtree ES
          Lauri Burton-- 5th grade teacher, Kanoheda ESAdministrative Assistant, Kanoheda ES
          Dawn Davis-- Speech and Language Pathologist, B.B. Harris ESAdministrative Assistant, B.B. Harris ES
          Maryanne Grimes-- GCPS CounselorAdministrative Assistant, GIVE Center
          Luevenia Holloway-- 6th Grade Teacher and Grade Level Chair, Woodland MS in Fulton CountyAdministrative Assistant, Lilburn MS
          Wanda Ireland-- Special Education Teacher and Department Head, Meadowcreek ESAdministrative Assistant, Sweetwater MS
          James Parrish-- Part-time Administrative Assistant and Part-time Teacher, Peachtree Ridge HSAdministrative Assistant, Peachtree Ridge HS
          Wenda Peltz-- Math Teacher, Lanier MSAdministrative Assistant, Lanier MS
          Georgia Tomlin-- Part-time Administrative Assistant and Part-time Teacher, Peachtree Ridge HSAdministrative Assistant, Peachtree Ridge HS
          Kimberly Holland-- Local School Technology Coordinator, T. Carl Buice CenterPart-time Administrative Assistant and Part-time Local School Technology Coordinator, T. Carl Buice Center
          Crystal Flynt-- Reading Recovery Teacher, Simonton ESReading Recovery Teacher-Leader, Organizational Advancement
          Lesley Hill-- 5th Grade Teacher, Gwin Oaks ESLanguage Arts Teacher on Special Assignment (K-5)
          Julie Duke-- 2nd Grade Teacher, Simonton ESLanguage Arts Teacher on Special Assignment (K-5)